UNITED STATI ATLANTIC
VOL. XVI BALBOA, CANAL ZONE, JANUARY 1, No. 1
The Perils and Privileges of the Last Days
By MRS E. G. WHITE
The days in which we live are eventful and full glory is to redound to man; all human help and glory
of peril. The signs of the coming of the end are lie in the dust; for the truth as it is in Jesus is the
thickening around us, and events are to come to pass only available agent by which man may be saved.
that will be of a more terrible character than any the Man is privileged to connect with Christ, and then
world has yet witnessed ... the divine and the human combine; and in this union
Let every one who claims to believe that the Lord the hope of man must rest alone; for it is as the
is soon coming, search the Scriptures as never be- Spirit of God touches the soul that the powers of the
fore; for Satan is determined to try every device soul are quickened, and man becomes a new creature
possible to keep souls in darkness, and blind the in Christ Jesus . . .
mind to the perils of the times in which we are living. The theme that attracts the heart of the sinner
Let every believer take up his Bible with earnest is Christ and Him crucified. On the cross of Calvary,
prayer, that he may be enlightened by the Holy Jesus stands revealed to the world in unparalleled
Spirit as to what is truth, that he may know more of love. Present Him thus to the hungering multitudes,
God and of Jesus Christ whom He has sent. Search and the light of His love will win men from darkness
for the truth as for hidden treasures, and disappoint to light, from transgression to obedience and true
the enemy. holiness. ....
The time of test is just upon us, for the loud cry The truth is efficient, and through obedience its
of the third angel has already begun in the revelation power changes the mind into the image of Jesus. It
of the righteousness of Christ, the sin-pardoning Re- is the truth as it is in Jesus that quickens the con-
deemer. This is the beginning of the light of the an- science and transforms the mind; for it is accom-
gel whose glory shall fill the whole earth, panied to the heart by the Holy Spirit. There are
i It is the work of every one to whom the message many who, lacking spiritual discernment, take the
of warning has come, to lift up Jesus, to present Him bare letter of the word, and find that unaccompanied
to the world as revealed in types, as shadowed in by the Spirit of God, it quickens not the soul, it sanc-
symbols, as manifested in the revelations of the pro- tifies not the heart. One may be able to quote from
phets, as unveiled in the lessons given to His dis- the Old and New Testament, may be familiar with
ciples and in the wonderful miracles wrought for the the commands and promises of the word of God; but
sons of men. Search the Scriptures; for they are they unless the Holy Spirit sends the truth home to the
that testify of Him. heart, enlightening the mind with divine light, no
If you would stand through the time of trouble, soul falls upon the Rock and is broken; for it is the
you must know Christ, and appropriate the gift of divine agency that connects the soul with God. With-
His righteousness, which He imputes to the repen- out the enlightenment of the Spirit of God, we shall
tant sinner. Human wisdom will not avail to devise not be able to discern truth from error, and shall
a plan of salvation. Human philosophy is vain, the fall under the masterful temptations and deceptions
fruits of the loftiest powers of man are worthless, that Satan will bring upon the world.—"Review and
aside from the great plan of the divine Teacher. No Herald," Nov. 22 and 29, 1892.
INTER-AMERICAN DIVISION MESSENGER
HAVE YOU FULFILLED YOUR
REPENTANCE AND FORGIVENESS PROMISE?
"Better is the end of a thing than the
By G. A. ROBERTS beginning thereof." Eccl. 7:8.
As this year, 1938, rapidly comes to
Will confession alone secure God's God. This applies to that of which we its end, it is well for us to meditate a
forgiveness for the sins of Sabbath-break- have robbed God in the past, as well as little on this text and see if we have
ing and for robbing God? Will the blood any future delinquencies that Satan by finished what we began the first of the
of Jesus Christ cover each upon con- his temptations may cause. To illustrate: year. The year will end whether or not
fession alone, or is more required on the If one has recognized the principle of we have finished the work God gave us
part of the sinner, with respect to one tithing; that the tithe is as sacred as the to do during these 365 days.
of these sins more than the other, that Sabbath; that it is as obligatory upon Many promised, in commencing the-
he may stand clear in the sight of God? man; and that it brings blessings un- year, that they would read the Bible
Are there conditions to be met on the equaled, according to the promises of through. But how many have kept this
part of the sinner with respect to one God, by any other one Christian privi- resolution? Are you one who fell out by
of these sins that cannot be met with lege and responsibility, and that if one the way, or are you one who has diligen-
respect to the other? Let us see. is tempted and robs God of a dollar, or tly held on until you have finished your
Learning the claims of the fourth com- five or ten dollars of tithe from his cur- task and'have kept your word? As I
mandment with their spiritual applica- rent income; before his repentance would look at the Bible Year charts, when
tion and obligation, and thus that he has be accepted as genuine in the sight of travelling here and there, I find that
been a Sabbath-breaker all his life, the Heaven or even of man, it would surely many start, but few finish. One year,
sinner by confession and forsaking alone, be necessary for him to restore that a long time ago, because of my neglect,
of that sin of Sabbath-breaking, can be tithe. The same repentance, confession, I came to the last day of the year with
cleared of all past guilt through the blood forsaking of sin, and forgiveness there- 120 chapters to read if I would keep my
of Jesus Christ. Beginning from tha,t of that is required for Sabbath-breaking resolution. I read those 120 chapters
hour to remember the Sabbath day to is required for robbing God; but in ad- that day in order to make good my prom-
keep it holy, confessing from time to dition, it is required of a man that if ise to God, and to educate myself to
time delinquencies in Sabbath-breaking possible to do so he restore that which keep my vows. "If a man vow a vow
as they occur and are realized, and striv- he has consumed, or held back from the unto the Lord, or swear an oath to bind
ing with the help of God to overcome, treasury of God. In this respect, repen- his soul with a bond; he shall not break
will surely constitute one as a Sabbath- tance for robbing God in the tithe re- his word, he shall do according to all
keeper in the sight of heaven and free quires more on the part of the sinner that proceedeth out of his mouth."
him from the guilt of Sabbath-breaking. than repentance for Sabbath-breaking. Numbers 30:2.
With the tithe there are surely other This same principle applies with re- Before we commence the new year
requirements. God's forgiveness covers ference to robbing our fellow men. No and make new vows and resolutions,
Sabbath-breaking when recognized and man would be accepted by any true shall we not do our best to finish well
repented of, and upon this ground alone church as-a member of the church family that which we began months ago? Have
because there is no way for man to make who is known to have robbed or to be we started a branch Sabbath School,
restitution for the Sabbaths he has robbing his fellow men unless, to the ex- and let it die? Have we started some
broken in the past before he learned the tent of his ability, he should restore cottage meetings and stayed by until
truth. God's forgiveness covers Sabbath- what he has taken. Let us remember, the work was finished and souls won to
breaking as it may occur from time to however, that the restoration of the the truth? Have we started distributing
time after he has learned the truth, if tithe alone will not clear the sinner. Re- tracts systematically, and have we kept
it is sincerely repented of, and on the pentance as deep and earnest as is re- the work going until the series of tracts
ground of repentance alone, because quired for Sabbath-breaking or any other were finished? Have we sought out tjj
there is no possible way for man to make sin is required for robbing God; but interested ones, given them Bible red
, restitution, of . the Sabbaths he has before God's forgiveness can be claimed, ings, and led them step by step into the
broken. restoration, or a through determination truth? Or have we started a number of
The Spirit of Prophecy tells us that to restore as soon as possible, must take things with much enthusiasm and have
God calls Sabbath-breaking taking a few place. neglected to bring any of them to a suc-
moments of the Sabbath from the edges May God help each one of us to study, cessful termination.
or any other part of the day, robbing earnestly study, and prayerfully seek If we have any unfinished duties or
Him, in the very same way that He our heavenly Father's face, searching tasks, any unfulfilled resolutions or
speaks of robbing Him in tithe. for wisdom, and pleading for under- vows, shall we not pick up the broken
But with robbing God in tithe, God standing of this matter of stewardship threads and finish the work faithfully, so
surely has other requirements of the sin- which has been committed to us by an that when the year closes, the Lord will
ner than sorrow of heart, confession, all-wise Father who loves us too much say, "Well done." R. R. BREITIGASC
and forsaking of the sin. If it is at all to accept as perfect service anything
possible for one to restore that which which is in the slightest degree less than
he-has taken, it is a necessary part of our ability to learn and do, for "We If we would have God to hear what
his repentance to do so, and without this shall individually be held responsible for we say to him by prayer, we must be
restitution to the extent of one's ability, doing one jot less than we have ability ready to hear what he saith to us by his
repentance will not be acceptable with to do," says the Spirit of Prophecy. word.—Matthew Henry.
INTER-AMERICAN DIVISION MESSENGER
All this year have we not been seeing A GOOD SCHOOL INDUSTRY
the landmarks passing swiftly, showing
that the staunch old Gospel ship is truly
homeward bound? Many times our young people ask scholarships during the vacation. The
Is it really true? Everything in earth how they can get to school when they records of other schools show that a
and sea and sky, in the world and in the have no money with which to pay ex- large percent of them will be successful
work of God, seems to cry it with a new penses. Many seem to have this as an in securing full scholarships. These young
voice, as we have long sung in the old excuse for not going to school. But some- people are ambitious and energetic, and
hymn, times it is a real inquiry, and I wish to let us give them every encouragement.
"I asked again: earth, sea, and sun offer at least one good suggestion. Thus far we have considered the finan-
Seemed with our voice to make reply:
'Times wasting sands are nearly run, We all recognize the fact that every cial side only, but there is another. The
Eternity is nigh.' " person is not a salesman. On the other good that may be accomplished is stated
We do not say it because we are Ad- hand, far more of our young people can many times in the articles written for
ventists. We are Adventists because be successful in the sale of our literature our papers. This is excellent missionary
everything in the word of God and in than has been supposed by many. Some work, and is a phase of the work to be
the world says that eternity is nigh. will be more successful than others, but emphasized. But I am thinking of it in
A new conviction of the nearness of we have all seen young people whose terms of industry for the school. As
the eternal world has come upon be- talent in this line was questioned, and such, I think it is one of the best, both
lievers this year, it seems to me. I have who have taken this means of earn- from the standpoint of the earning ca-
just come in from a summer in North- ing their way through school, and have pacity of the student, and from the good
ern Europe. In every country the breth- been highly successful. that will be accomplished by him.
ren and sisters came out to the confer- I doubt seriously if a more sure plan Then aside from all of this, the student
ences with a deeper Advent note in their could be found by which a young man that actually gets his scholarship will
hearts than I ever remember heretofore; or young woman may earn the money also get an educational benefit that will
and everywhere the meetings were the for expenses in our schools than this be even greater than the money earned.
largest remembered. We hear of the one of selling our books and mag- The confidence in himself and his ability
same spirit of the Advent hope in the azines. Our school in Costa Rica has to meet people will prove assets which
old North American base, and over demonstrated for several years that our one does not get in the classroom or
other lands and seas. Is it not of God, young people can go through school in from textbooks. Build up the best in-
brethren, of His gracious purpose to this way more easily than by any other dustry that our schools can have—the
move forward the world-wide body of manner. Others of our schools are hav- colporteur work. Think of its triple
believers to give the last witness and be ing the same experience. value: first, to the public spiritually;
ready to stand before the Son of man? At the school in Colombia, some 27 second, to the student in experience;
As Adam and Eve looked back upon students from a total of 35 have sig- and third, to the school financially. Is
their dear lost home, seen through the nified that they are going to sell our there anything to equal it?
angel-guarded gate, it must be that only literature as soon as the school year W. L. ADAMS
one thing kept their hearts from break- closes. This seems to me an excellent
ing—the promise of the Redeemer who beginning for this new school.
would one day lead them home again. Very likely some will question whether God speaks by the silence of the sun-
That promise has sustained the children or not all of these students will gain beam as truly as by the thunderclap.
of God through the ages. But when the
time of the prophecy came and this Students of the Colombia-Venezuela Training School, at Medellin, Colombia, who attended a recent
colporteur institute held there. Three of the local field secretaries appear in the picture with these
remnant church keeping the command- young people. They are all in the field now, engaged in the book and magazine work.
.ents of God and the faith of Jesus ap-
;ared, it was seen so surely that the
glad time was no longer afar off, but
very near, when Jesus would come to
lead His children home. That surety has
become more sure, and sweeter and
dearer, as the days have gone by. This
year's events have, it seems to me, spoken
more decisively than those of any past
year, that we are nearing home. A few
years ago the Spirit of prophecy moved
Sister White to describe just such things
as we have been witnessing, and the ser-
vant of the Lord cried out: "I feel as
if I must cry aloud, 'Homeward bound!' "
Let us cry it out, from land to land,
in half a million voices, the world
around, "Homeward bound! Home-
ward bound!" W. A. SPICER
INTER-AMERICAN DIVISION MESSENGER
"ADVENTISTS ARE 10,000 YEARS THE GIFT OF LIFE
AHEAD" The gift of eternal life is a mutual
COUNTING THE COST
We have received some very inter- Desirest thou that home above
gift on the part of the eternal Father
esting experiences from various fields And yearn for it while here below? and His only-begotten Son. The idea
throughout the division of late. They in- Then go about and tell the love that Christ lived and suffered and died
Of Him who dost that gift bestow.
dicate how much our books are really to appease the wrath of an offended God,
appreciated by those of the world. Bro- Wouldst pass thou through those gates of pearl is not in harmony with gospel truth.
ther F. W. Steeves, field missionary And tread those shining streets of gold? It is true that Jesus Christ freely "gave
Then enter now earth's maddening whirl
secretary of the Central American Union, And seek the lost for heaven's fold. Himself for our sins, that He might
while passing through Balboa, told us deliver us from this present evil world,"
the following experience: If thou wouldst lead men to His grace, but it was "according to the will of God
Cause them to choose that better part,
"While traveling in the interests of Persuading them to seek His face, and our Father." Gal. 1:4. "God so
the colporteur work in Nicaragua, I met Then give thyself and all thou art. loved the world, that He gave His only-
the civil engineer of a prominent rail- That heavenly home so fair and bright
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth
way firm. As I began to show him Is beckoning with gates ajar, in Him should not perish, but have ever-
the book 'Dawn of a New Day,' he And seems to urge with growing light lasting life." John 3:16. "The gift of
To speed the cause to lands afar.
asked me if it was Adventist literature. God is eternal life through Jesus Christ
He said, 'I like the Adventist books very Reckoning, wouldst thou count the cost, our Lord." Rom. 6:23.
much, because they are more or less ac- Withhold thy hand or hesitate? God the Father, "who is rich in mercy,
Now is the time to save the lost.
cording to my way of thinking. I know Give of thy best ere it's too late. for His great love wherewith He loved
your people very well and especially am —George Clarence Hoskin us, even when we were dead in sins,
I acquainted with those on the east hath quickened us together with Christ,
coast of Nicaragua and on Corn Island. (by grace are ye saved;) and hath raised
They are the most reliable and honorable sy" is the best book ever published, and us up together, and made us sit together
people in that part.' as you know, the Bible is the Book of in heavenly places in Christ Jesus."
"In our conversation I learned that books. Many years ago, in an old drawer The gospel plan is one with the Father
he had served as a general in the World in my father's home I found this copy, and the Son, and is designed to make us
War and had gone through a good many old and forgotten so long, that when I one with the members of the heavenly
hard experiences. He continued: took it out the leaves all began to fall family. "I in them, and Thou in Me,
" 'I was down and out a few years off. I was attracted by the name "Great that they may be made perfect in one;
ago and was almost at death's door. Controversy between Christ and Satan," and that the world may know that
These experiences have led me to know and began reading a few pages. Soon Thou hast sent Me, and hast loved them,
my God. When you make a light in the after that I had the whole book rebound, as thou hast loved Me." John 17:23.
daytime it is scarcely visible, but even and since then have read it through God wants made known to the world,
a very small light is a guide in the dark- many times.' through His followers, that He loves the
ness of night. That has been my ex- "While working with Brother Mat- sinner just as much as He loves His
perience. The Lord had to take me thew, we canvassed a business man. He own Son. Proof of this lies in the fact
through some dark experiences to let did not respond with an order, but said: that He "so loved the world, that He
me see the light. 'I have many of your books: "Bible gave His only-begotten Son," to die in
" 'When I was very sick one of your Readings," "Home Physician" and a few man's stead, and with Him also freely
men visited me and loaned me some others, all in the best binding. They are gives us all things.
of your books, for I was unable to buy all good books. I enjoy studying them.' "Behold, what manner of love the
them. I have always appreciated your "When asked about which binding he Father hath bestowed upon us, that
books and they have brought inspira- would prefer the book we were introduc- we should be called the sons of God."
tion to my soul. According to my way ing, he said, 'I have all the others in the 1 John 3:1. "Herein is love, not that wa
of thinking, you Adventists are about best binding.' loved God, but that He loved us, an*
ten thousand years ahead of other mis- " 'Sure,' I said; 'in getting a work like sent His Son to be the propitiation for
sionary organizations.' this the best binding is always a wise our sins." 1 John 4:10. :
"Of .course this man was very willing choice.' "Who shall separate us from the Ipve
to give his order for the book 'Dawn of "He then said: 'Oh, Hove these books, of Christ? shall tribulation or distress,
a New Day.' We trust it will kindle a for they have been of great help to me. or persecution, or famine, or nakedness,
still brighter light in his Christian ex- I hope to enjoy the one you are selling or peril, or sword?" "Nay, in all thepe
perience, until the way of life is plain now as well as I enjoyed these.' things we are more than conquerors
indeed." "The book was delivered a few days through Him that loved us." Rom. 8:3S,
, Brother F. A. Sebra, field missionary afterwards. 37. "For I am persuaded, that neither
secretary of the Leeward Islands Con- "Some time ago Brother Mitchell, death, nor life, nor angels, nor principal-
ference contributes as follows: while working on the island of Dom- ities, nor powers, nor things present, nor
"While working with Brother Smith, inica, met an ex-schoolmaster at his things to corae, 2or height, nor depth,
we met a shop keeper and presented the home, where he had thirty-four of our nor any other creature, shall be able to
book 'Dawn of a New Day.' Soon we books. He was not satisfied, but had separate us from the love of God, which
were interrupted. 'Wait,' he said, 'I have heard of the book 'Desire of Ages' and is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Rom. 8;
two books "Great Controversy" and the was determined to get that also." 38. 39.—A. T. Robinson, in "Review
Bible, and I want no more. "Controver- W. A. BERGHERM and Herald," March 31, 1938.
INTER-AMERICAN DIVISION MESSENGER
capabilities to be developed even in this
I WILL NEVER LEAVE THEE life, and the final translation into the
kingdom of glory. By His Spirit He
What greater assurance of God's But mothers may forget; God will not follows the individual through all the
faithfulness to His people can be found forget. He did not forget the doomed experiences of life, and if he is yielded
than in this promise, "I will never leave pair in Eden. He surrendered the Son fully to Him, the Master Worker will
thee, nor forsake thee"? Heb. 13:5. of His bosom to redeem them and their bring to perfection the work of grace in
There will never be a time when God posterity from eternal death. Our Lord, his life. So, with the apostle, we may
will forsake those who put their trust the gift of God's love, descended from confidently say: "I know whom I have
in Him. There is no situation, however heaven to this sin-cursed earth; He con- believed, and am persuaded that He is
discouraging, in which He will forsake descended to live and labor among the able to keep that which I have com-
the distressed. There are no depths to vile, the publicans and harlots, the loath- mitted unto Him against that day."
which a soul can fall but that the divine some lepers, and the dying, that He "Being confident of this very thing, that
hand will reach down to grasp the arm might rescue these victims from sin and He which hath begun a good work in
of the penitent. There is no sorrow too its penalty. Yea, He went even lower; you will perform it until the day of
great for Him to soothe; no remorse He descended into the gates of death, Jesus Christ." 2 Tim. 1:12; Phil. 1:6.
from which He will hide His face; no and opened the prison house from which, Israel of old was likened to a vine-
sin, however grievous, but that He otherwise, none would ever have re- yard. The Lord declared that He planted
stands ready to forgive; no apostasy, turned. Israel in a fruitful hill, and did all that
however gross, from which He will not And this redeeming love is not mere- could be done for her fruitfulness. It
receive the repentant heart. ly manifested toward the multitudes; is under this figure that the prophet
The fact is that God does not forsake it reaches out to the individual. The penned one of the most beautiful pic-
us. We may forsake him, but He re- Saviour said that even "the very hairs tures of divine care. "In that day sing
mains the same. And when the exile of your head are all numbered." And ye unto her, A vineyard of red wine. I
from the Father's house comes to him- the psalmist declared that "the Lord the Lord do keep it; I will water it every
self, sees his need, and sets his face to- shall count, when He writeth up the moment: lest any hurt it, I will keep
ward home, as did the prodigal, he will people, that this man was born there." it night and day." Isa. 27:2, 3.
find the Father meeting him with open "I will make mention of Rahab and Assuredly, with these expressive figures
arms. The Redeemer of Israel will for- Babylon to them that know Me: behold of God's love and care, we can say:
give unto seventy times seven. If sin- Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this "God is our refuge and strength,
ners could only comprehend this re- man was born there. And of Zion it A very present help in trouble.
Therefore will not we fear, though the earth
deeming love, if the straying who have shall be said, This and that man was be removed,
wandered from God could understand born in her." Ps. 87:6, 4, 5. And though the mountains be carried into the
midst of the sea;
the Father's faithfulness, there must be God knows just where the individual Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled,
many who would say, "I will arise and was born, of the lowly birth, the poor, Though the mountains shake with the swelling
unenlightened parentage, the unfavor- thereof,"
go to my Father."
Inspiration has chosen the tenderest able environment of childhood; He
understands the struggles and disap- And of the church we may know that
ties of earth to picture divine love and
faithfulness, and yet how feebly do these pointments of life; but He also sees his "God is in midst of her; she will not be moved:
God shall help her, and that right early."
representatives do justice to that divine possibilities of service in His cause, the
love that yielded the only-begotten Son The world has entered upon troublous
to suffer and die for a perishing race. times, when men's hearts are failing
Said the psalmist, "Like as a father WEARING HOME them for fear. An anxious atmosphere
pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth We are nearing home, and my heart is glad; pervades the great courts of the earth.
With a hope so sweet, can I e'er be sad?
ihem that fear Him. For He knoweth We are Bearing home, where my Saviour waits
It is not known what a day will bring
Bur frame; He remembereth that we are To welcome me in through the pearly gates. forth. War clouds hang heavily over the
dust." We are nearing home! 0 the thought is sweet;
inhabitants of earth, with seemingly no
But more expressive yet is Isaiah's We shall cast our crowns at the Saviour's feet. light breaking through. We know that
picture of mother love. "Can a woman We are nearing home, yet there's work to do, a time of trouble such as never was since
So haste we must till the task is through.
forget her sucking child, that she should there was a nation is soon to burst upon
not have compassion on the son of her We are nearing home! 0 assuage thy fears; the world. And there will come to the
Christ will welcome us, He will dry our tears. church of God the severest trials and per-
womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I We are nearing home, nevermore to weep,
not forget thee." Isa. 49:15. How faith- For the blind shall see and the lame shall leap. secution. Already hardships have over-
ful a mother is to even a wayward We are nearing home, for the Saviour said
taken our people in several countries.
child! When brothers and sisters feel That familiar landmarks would loom ahead. This is but a foretaste of what all will
disgraced and shun a sinful brother or We are nearing home, and we see each sign sooner or later pass through. But in the
With a joy serene and a hope divine.
sister; when the father feels that a son hour of crisis there comes the Redeem-
has compromised his good name, and We are nearing home, with the long road past, er's assurance, "I will never leave thee,
Where we'll find sweet peace and shall rest at
disowns him. the mother remains true. last.
nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly
She. has been known to follow her son We are nearing home where rewards are giv'n, say, The Lord is my helper, and I will
We shall shout for joy in our home in heav'n! not fear what man shall do unto me."—
to prison and to the gallows, and there —Adlai Albert Estsb
show her undying love for even a T. M. French, in "Review and Herald,"
criminal. Dec. 2, 1937.
INTER-AMERICAN DIVISION MESSENGER
"I am sorry that I strayed away, but had been well divided and every student
CARIBBEAN UNION CONFERENCE
I have learned a lesson by it. I find my- knew his place of work. It was interest-
Box 221, Port-of-Spam, Trinidad
A. R. OGDEN .... President self no better off in the world. Rather ing to see nearly SO willing workers start
H. E. BEDDOE .... Sec.-Treas. I am the loser. So by God's help, I pro- their efforts. In most of the homes and
mise you and my Saviour to be again business offices they were well received.
called a child of God. Your kind letter The students were sent out by twos,
OUR "WANDERERS WELCOME" has won a soul." and it was an interesting sight to see
ENDEAVOR The above quotations give evidence them bring in the funds they had gath-
Like every other plan, in order for it that this call is touching and reaching ered during the day. There was a hearty
to succeed it must be worked. No plan, hearts of many to whom the appeal is applause when each group reported.
however good, will work itself. We are being sent. We should not slacken our When the amounts were totaled, it was
glad to report that our "wanderers wel- efforts in this endeavor. As far as pos- found that they had gathered 133.80
come" endeavor has been working in the sible We should gather the names of our pesos, during the day, besides the pro-
winning back of a goodly number of pre- wandering members, and not one should mise of more to be collected later.
cious souls to the fold. While it is taking be left unapproached by correspondence Who can tell the results of such a
some time to get this endeavor through or personal contact. We are anticipating day's effort? The contacts made with
out the fields of the Caribbean Union, it that when this endeavor is thoroughly the people, the distribution of the papers
is very evident that God is setting His organized throughout the entire Carib- telling what Seventh-day Adventists are
seal of approval upon the efforts already bean Union, we will see many scores, if doing in the world, and the many peo-
being made. not hundreds, who will respond to the ple interested, will be known only in eter-
Elder Gordon Oss, president of the appeal sent forth to the "wanderers" nity. We are thankful to God for such
South Caribbean Conference, has been and "backslidden members." a willing band of workers and for the
especially active in his efforts along this I have just been re-reading the chap- success given them. L. V. FINSTER
line. He now has a correspondence list ter, "The Measure of Forgiveness," in
of many persons to whom he is writ- "Christ's Object Lessons." As all through "God is able to fulfil His promises.
ing letters from the conference of- the writings of the Spirit of prophecy, His resources are infinite, and He em-
fice, and sending literature appealing to and especially in "Christ's Object Les- ploys them all in accomplishing His
them and their need of Christ as a per- sons," mighty appeals are made to us will. And when He sees a faithful per-
sonal Saviour. Elder Oss has just handed to do all possible to save the erring. formance of duty in the payment of the
me extracts from a few letters of many While we are not at all satisfied with tithe, He often, in His wise .providence,
that are being received in acknowledg- the results thus far seen, yet there has opens ways whereby it shall increase.
ment of his personal interest in their sal- been enough definite fruitage already to He who follows God's arrangement in
vation. give us encouragement and inspiration the little that has been given him, will re-
One individual has written: "It was a to carry on this good work for the res- ceive the same returns as he who bestows
pleasure to me when I received your let- cuing and winning back to the fold of his abundance."— "Gospel Work-
ter. In reading the contents therein, I every "lost sheep" and "prodigal." ers," pp. 222, 223.
found out that thou art a shepherd in- A. R. OGDEN
deed that is seeking for the lost sheep.
Your letter has moved me to a spiritual COLOMBIA-VENEZUELA UNION MISSION
"And in a large degree through our
standing for which I am thankful to you. Apartado 39, Medellin, Colombia publishing houses is to be accomplished
Sir, I cannot give any reason why I am L. V. FINSTES - - - Superintendent the work of that other angel who comes
F. W. COLE - ... Secy.-Treas. down from heaven with great power,
out of this truth. I grew up in the truth;
it is the only one that I know. My whole and who lightens the earth with his
HARVEST INGATHERING RALLY glory."—"Testimonies," Vol. 7, p. 140.
heart is for the truth. With the help of
God, I will take my stand again; I beg DAY AT THE COLOMBO-VENEZUE-
indly to remember me in your prayers." LAN ACADEMY, MEDELLIN, DIVISION DIRECTORY
• The following is a portion of another COLOMBIA G. A. ROBERTS President and
Ministerial Assn. Sec'y
litter: "I received your letter quite safe It was at the close of one of the most W. C. RALEY Secretary-Treasurer
and was more than glad to hear from busy days of the year that the students E. R. SANDERS Assistant Sec'y-Treasurer
W. A. BEEGHEEM Field Miss. Sec'y
/you, and to know that you still remem- and faculty gathered in their chapel to W. L. ADAMS Educational and
/ ber me. I am glad that you have written recount their experiences and bring in Home Commission Sec'y
R. R. BREITIGAM Missionary Volunteer,
me, and I can assure you that I ap- the money they had gathered during the Home Missionary and 5. S. Sec'y
preciate your kindness very much. Well, day. Talking of enthuasiasm, you should INTER-AMERICAN DIVISION MESSENCER
your letter has caused me to have a have heard the recital of the experiences W. C. Raley, Editor
desire to return to the fold. I am in during the day to fully appreciate such G. A. Roberts, Associate Editor
a difficult position at present, as things a meeting. Published semi-monthly as the Official Organ
October 4 had been set aside by the of the Inter-American Division Conference of
are not the best with me. I am rather Seventh-day Adventists, Box 2006, Balboa, C. Z.
bare for garments, shoes, etc., but I school as Harvest Ingathering day. The Price 50 cents a year.
do intend to return to the church ser- whole student body, with their teachers, Entered at Cristobal, Canal Zone as second-class
left early for their field of labor. I be- matter under the Act of Congress of March
vices. As soon as possible I will try to 3, 1879.
turn out. I am determined by God's lieve Medellin had never before been so Printed at Cristobal, C. Z., Isthmus of Panama.
help to be rebaptized and serve the Lord bombarded by as many earnest Chris-
to the end. tian workers as on that day. The city VOL. XVI JANUARY 1, 1939 No. 1
INTER-AMERICAN DIVISION MESSENGER
TEN-MINUTE MISSIONARY December 24, 1938 year with the fullest consecration to Christ and
to His service. Commence every day with God.
SERVICES Love Gives Work every day for God, and end every day with
TEXT: "For God so loved the world, that He God.
December 17, 1938 gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever be- If we have neglected any work for God that
lieveth in Him should not perish, but have ever- we can do before the record of this year closes,
Missionary Experiences lasting life." John 3:16. let us do it now, and then let us do each day's
At Christmas time the spirit of giving is in work as it comes, filling it with loyal service
Once, while walking with a friend, the ques- the air. There is joy in giving; there is a bless- for God and our fellowmen. We surrender the
tion was asked as to what would be his greatest ing in giving. There is a reward in giving. "And old to God; we consecrate the new to Him.
joy in heaven. Without hesitation, the reply was: whosoever shall give to drink .... a cup of R. R. BEEITIGAM
"My greatest joy, it seems to me, will be re- of cold water only in the name of a disciple,
counting the steps whereby the light of truth verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose
came to me, its acceptance, and to see the souls his reward." Matt. 10:42. January 7, 1939
saved in the Kingdom through my instrumen- What can I give today? A tract, a Morning Another Year of Opportunity
tality." And this is indeed true. By the pen of Watch Calendar, a pamphlet, a book, a Bible, or
inspiration, we are told that "the themes of re- a Testament—the bread of life, the water of "Who knoweth whether thou art come to the
demption will employ the hearts and minds and life. kingdom for such a time as this?" Esther 4:14.
tongues of the redeemed through the everlasting "Silver and gold have I none; but such as I "For such a time as this." The Lord has called
ages."—"Christ's Ob/ect Lessons," ft. 134. have give I thee." Acts 3:6 We can give a kind as to His work for "just such a time as this. The
Today it is our privilege to have a foretaste of word, a treatment, a visit to the sick,—give our- Lord raised up the Seventh-day Adventist Church
Heaven's joy, through personal effort in winning selves in loving service. Love gives—gives love. for just such a time as this. To us God has com-
souls. And it is now our privilege to bear tes- mitted the task of finishing this work in this
timony as to how God is using us from day to generation. We are to give the last gospel mes-
.day for the redemption of lost mankind. In the December 31, 1938 sage to a dying world. Time is short and what
Pbrief moments allotted to this missionary service we do, we must do quickly.
there is opportunity for a number of missionary "I Have Finished The Work." A.s we commence this new year, it should be
experiences to be related. It will be the means of TEXT: John 17:4. "I have glorified Thee on the with a solemn realization of the times in which
kindling the enthusiasm of others and stimulating earth: I have finished the work which Thou gavest we live. What this year will bring forth we do
their zeal to work for the Lord in His vineyard. Me to do." not know. But we do know that the gates of
Make the stories short and pointed, so that more As we look back over this year, can we say: mercy are still open, that we should with con-
persons can. have part in the service. "I have finished the work which Thou gavest me secrated enthusiasm invite sinners to enter and
(NOTE: Perhaps the misionary leader can cite to do"? We are in the last day of the last week be saved while yet probation lingers. We should
an encouraging experience which has come within of the last month of the year. Have we done organize our churches to do a greater and more
his own observation, or the experience of some well the task given us of God? extensive work. Shall not every member of the
other member of the church can be called for. The past is past. Tomorrow, 1939, commences. church,—everyone who loves Jesus—on this first
While the time is short, yet an encouraging ex- We should not mourn over neglects of the past, Sabbath of the year, consecrate heart, mind, and
perience, briefly told, will be the means of help- but do our best today. Finish the work of today body—every energy of the being—to the work
ing many.) as we should, and let us enter upon the new of witnessing for Jesus?
"EL CENTINELA Y HERALDO DE LA SALUD" GOAL CHART — NOVEMBER, 1938
No. of Magazines Standing of Fields as Compared with Goals.
* Cuba 5,217 5,686
Santo Domingo 2,133 1,396 |
Puerto Rico 2,670 1,487 |
Antillian Union 10,020 8,570 |
* Costa Rica 525
Br. Honduras 165
* Sp. Honduras 840
^ Salvador 888
* Cent. America 4,782
* Atlantic Colombia 1,978
* Pacific Colombia 612
* Curacao 180
* Upper Mag. 738
* Venezuela 1,359
* Col.- Venezuela 4,867
Mexican Union 11,016
THE DIVISION 30,000
Fields that have reached or Goal Line
INTER-AMERICAN DIVISION MESSENGER
January 14, 1939
" Win Another"—Our Shibboleth AFTER FORTY-SIX YEARS
"The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; On Sabbath, Sept. 2, 1938, I had one the seed i|>wn 46 years ago and saw
and he that winneth souls is wise." Prov. 11:30. of the greatest joys of my life when I to it that it should not be destroyed nor
As a result of the "Win One" effort in 1938,
many lives have been changed and hundreds of met Wilfred Palmer, son of Henry Pal- returned unto Him void. Notice that
souls are now rejoicing in the message of sal- mer, of Beterverwagting, British Guiana. these papers which were appointed to
vation. Has the "Win. One" effort been worth Perhaps you wonder why this meeting bring the truth to Brother Palmer, were
while? The answer . springs forth from loyal
Christian workers everywhere—Yes, a thousand brought so much joy. Here is the story. placed in his home seven years before
times yes! It was in 1892, 46 years ago, that he was born. Truly God works in a mys-
As we enter upon another year of continuing
the personal contact in soul-winning, we are William Henry Palmer received, at terious way His wonders to perform.
sending forth the call—"Win Another." Each various times, copies of Present Truth, One of the Signs which I saw in its
morning let our prayer be; "Lord, make me a published in London by the Pacific Press original wrapper, bore the postmark
blessing to some one today; lead me by thy Holy
Spirit and teach me what to say, and when to branch; also copies of Youth's Instruc- "Beterverwagting, British Guiana, Dec.
say it, in order that I may 'win another* and 26, 1892." It was a copy of the issue of
still another soul to love Thee and know Thee,
and to prepare for Thy coming." It may be that SPECIAL DAYS FOR DECEMBER
that magazine for Nov. 21, 1892.
the "Win Another" plan will encircle a member E. S. GREAVES
of the home, or a neighbor, or a fellow worker December 17, Home Missionary Day
in office, in the shop or in the field.
One sister, who was imbued with the "Win WELCOME
One" idea, saw a mission field in the daily callers tor, and Good Health, (edited by J. H. In this issue of the MESSENGER we
at her home to sell their various products. So
she placed a card by the front door, which read, Kellogg), both from Battle Creek, Mich.; welcome Brother Oscar Tandy and wife
."Agents Welcome Here." What a surprise to the and some monthly copies of Signs of who have recently come to the division
weary, oft-rebuffed agents, and with what curiosity
.and-gladness they rang the door bell! Each re- The Times, from the Pacific Press, in office. Brother Tandy joins the Inter-
ceived a friendly greeting, and an invitation to California. These papers were laid aside American Division force as a worker in
come in, krespective of whether or not the ar- at the time in their individual wrappers,
ticle he presented was of interest. Each was the Secretarial and Treasury Depart-
allowed to tell his story, and then was asked to seemingly to be forgotten and destroyed. ments, where he occupies a place recently
listen to the message of salvation which she had But God, however, had a task for them made vacant through a transfer.
been commissioned to deliver. Then this sister
gave to her callers a book, a magazine, or a tract, to accomplish in the years to come. Recently Brother Stanley Folkenberg
and then sent them on their way with the as- Seven years after the arrival of the and wife has taken up work in the An-
surance of prayers for their soul's salvation.,
offering also her help in Bible study. Many op-
papers, in 1899, a son was born to Hen- tillian Union Mission, in Havana, Cuba.
portunities for Bible studies led this sister and • ry Palmer. He grew to manhood, mar- We are glad to welcome these young
her husband into a larger field of personal ser- ried, and in time became the father of
vice, and more than one soul was won to Christ. people into the force of workers in the
Remember the promise, "To every one who four children. About four months ago, Inter-American Division.
offers himself to the Lord for service, withhold- this son, Wilfred, discovered a few of W. C. RALEY
ing nothing, is given power for the attainment these papers still in their original wrap-
_ of measureless results."—"Testimonies," Vol.
VII, p. 30. Possibly some may not be able to pers. Curiosity led him to open and read
point to even one soul won as a trophy for them. He became so interested that he
Christ; others may see one or more brought MEDITATION CORNER
within the fold; but to all who are faithful in asked his mother if there were any more
every way, there will be results—measure- like them about the house. She said Personal Questions
Jess results, which may never be known this side
the great beyond. Pray, work, trust, believe, and there were. They searched and found Will My Righteousness Remain
you will rejoice in being the instrument to "Win various other numbers. These were eager- Forever?
One," and to "Win Another," and many, many ly read also, and he became convinced
more, to shine as stars in your crown.
of the truth. Today he is a member of "In every church there should
the baptismal class, awaiting baptism. be established a treasury for the
KEEP YOUR SMILE ALWAYS WITH YOU! Think of it, how God watched over poor. Then let each member pre-
sent a thank-offering to God once
a week or once a month, as is
most convenient. This offering
will express our gratitute for the
gifts of health, of food, and of
The copy of the Signs
comfortable clothing. And ac-
of the Times referred cording as God has blessed us with
to in the accompanying these comforts will we lay by for
article. The wrapper
shown bears the date the poor, the suffering, and the
of November 21, 1892, distressed. I would call the aten-
and was sent out
from the United States tion of our brethren specially to
46 years ago to a Mr. this point."—"Testimonies," Vol.
Henry Palmer, of Bri-
tish Guiana. Not un- 5, p. 150.
til a. few months ago "As it is written, He hath dis-
vas it opened and read.
persed abroad; He hath given to
the poor: His righteousness re-
maineth forever."— 2 Cor. 9:9.